POINT BREEZE (KDKA) – An intense fire left a home in Point Breeze heavily damaged Wednesday morning.

At one point, the homeowner said that he reached for a garden hose and tried to put out the fire in the garage. However, it didn’t take long for it to spread to the house and cause massive damage.

The flames tore through a home on South Linden Avenue around midnight. After hearing a smoke alarm going off, Dr. William Hoffman woke his wife and tried to do what he could to stop the fire.

“My wife called 911 and I went downstairs to look at it and I turned the garden hose on. But, that obviously was not going to do the trick,” Hoffman said.

As fire crews tried to open the roof to ventilate the fire and contain it, the Hoffmans looked on. They did not know what they would be left with once it was out.

At one point, the fire grew to four alarms. Firefighters had trouble venting the fire due to the roof being old and thick.

There was some concern about a possible collapse and firefighters were pulled from the home. At that time, they went into a defensive attack by surrounding the fire and drowning it.

With ash and soot on his hands, Hoffman started pulling items out of the house Wednesday morning and said he is just so grateful they escaped without getting hurt.

“Could have been a lot worse. We’re still here. We’re still kicking,” Hoffman said.

Still rifling through all of their belongs, the Hoffmans still are hopeful that something can be done to salvage their home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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